ESSENTIAL THAI

A GUIDE TO THE BASICS OF THE THAI LANGUAGE

CONTENTS

Pronunciation
8
numbers
17
colors
19
 
1. First Things
greetings
20
going places
21
very/not at all
22
already
23
thank you/excuse me
23
Do you understand?
23
pronouns/I am
24
speaking politely
25
I don't know
25
Can you speak Thai?
25
 
2. Shopping/Getting Around
money & shopping
26
paying in restaurants
27
How many?
28
bottles of water
28
food and drinks to go
29
buying clothes
29
getting change
30
bargaining
30
Where is...?
31
asking for a restroom
32
 
3. Questions and Expressions
What's your name?
36
How are you?
37
Where are you from?
37
How old are you?
38
Have you eaten yet?
38
Have you been in Thailand long?
38
goodbye/good luck
39
phrases for learning Thai
40
common expressions
42
3`expressions from Thai culture
45
 
4. Step-by-Step Conversation
basic sentences
46
to be
47
too (too hot)
48
this/the
49
the same/not the same
49
comparing
50
like more than/like the most
50
possessive
50
this person/that person
52
Who?/Which person?
53
numbers of people
53
using verbs
55
yes/no questions
56
maybe/I might
57
go with verbs
58
I like to/I want to
58
have to/must
59
can/able to
59
I'd rather
60
I've/I/ve never
60
Have you yet?
60
not anymore/never again
61
so/shall
61
connecting words
62
requests/commands
66
let/allow
68
there is/there are
68
somebody/nobody
68
many/a lot
68
a little
69
more/again
69
only
70
each other
70
together/myself
70
a different one/not this one
71
What kind?/What style?
71
particles
72
notes on vocabulary
73
 
5. Conversation Topics
family
82
marriage
83
work
84
religion
87
asking Thais where they're from
87
foreign people & things
89
important cards & documents
89
children & adultss
90
some people/most people
90
weather
91
talking about places
92
feelings
94
dialogues
96
 
6. Time
days of the week
98
morning/afternoon/night
100
telling time
101
minutes/hours/days/weeks/months/years
104
How long?
106
times/occations
107
time conjunctions
109
other time words
110
months and years
113
 
7. Food
ordering
116
drinks
120
ingredients
122
fried rice and noodles
126
Thai dishes
127
vegetarian food
132
western food
133
fruit
133
buying food in the market
134
 
8. Transportation
kinds of vehicles
136
stations/airport/pier
137
city bus
137
city-to-city bus
138
driving instructions
140
renting a vehicle
141
 
9. Hotels and Bungalows
hotel
142
asking for things
144
beach bungalow
145
 
10. Around Town
places in town
145
directions
147
near/far
148
prepostions of location
149
inside/outside/above/below
151
Which floor?
151
bank
152
post office
152
tailor/dressmaker
153
invitations/appointments
154
 
11. Medical/Emergencies/Phone
parts of the body
156
medical problems
157
medicine
159
emergencies
161
telephone
152
   
12. Around Thailand  
areas of Thailand
164
Bangkok
165
Central Thailand/The East
168
the North
171
the Northeast
174
the South
176
forest
178
ocean
180
countryside
182
a Thai temple
184
home
186
Thai culture
188
 
reading Thai
192
classifiers
206
index & dictionary
208